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." >> a second explosion at the damaged fukushima at -- power plant and 11 people are injuried. japan offers assurances that risks remain low. tens of thousands of people are still missing amidst the race of trying to find loved ones. >> hello and welcome. also in this program, japan's stocks tumble. they take emergency action by pouring in cash to the market. >> japan's nuclear crisis appears to be deepening. in the last few hours, there has been a second explosion at the fukushima nuclear plant. speaking in the last hour, japan's cabinet secretary said the risk of today's explosion caused an uncontrolable leak of radiation is low. but the u.s. said it had moved away from the area after one of its aircraft carriers detected low-level radiation 160 kilometers off shore. tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the area. let's go to my correspondent who is in japan in the sendai area with all the very latest. >> hello to you. you join me on the outskirts of sendai city. this main wall behind me is where the wall of tsunami, sea water, washed up about a half a mile from the harbor
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> catastrophe in japan. one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded is followed by a devastating tsunami. the quaker, a record-breaking 8.9 magnitude caused widespread damage. the shaking lasted up to four minutes. after the earthquake, a 10-meter and tsunami smashed into japan's pacific coast. now that threatens a vast suewathe of the pacific basin. welcome to "gmt." a special program dominated by the impact of the massive earthquake that hit japan just over six hours ago. the damage is extensive. first reports suggests more than 40 people have died. the prime minister has taken charge of the disaster response. >> over a wide area, damage has been afflicted -- inflicted. i offer my deepest sympathy for the people who have suffered the disaster. >> as extraordinary images continue to come in from japan, we will bring you the latest news from their and across the pacific region. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington and 9:00 p.m. in japan where a major natural disaster is still unfolding. the most ferocious earthquak
and britain advised their nationals to leave tokyo and the north of japan. >> welcome to bbc world news. i am kara in london. also in this program -- in rain in your security forces. the message to bahrain by the u.n.'s top security official. the crisis and i riposte shows no signs of ending -- the crisis and the ivory coast shows no signs of ending. hello. seven days after the disaster, japanese authorities are still battling to bring stability to the stricken fukushima power or plan. let joined my colleague tony wilcox. >> hello, and welcome to japan where authorities are still trying to cool down the stricken nuclear plant in fukushima. the united states government and the british government has now advised all nationals living in tokyo and the north of the country to leave the area if they wish, and flights are being arranged. let's just have a look at some of the developments in the past few hours. it is early evening. darkins has volunteered but this morning, japanese military helicopters were dropping up to 7 tons of sea water at a time over the four reactors at that fukushima plant. t
, japan struggles to deal with two disasters of staggering force and skate. a massive queark, -- earthquake, then a tsunami. officials confirm 200 dead but expect the numbers to rise sharmly. and there is a worry about damage around the if you can if you can power -- fukushima power plant. we take you inside zsa zsa -- war isia -- for a look at the fiercest fighting in lebia. for sheer terror and destruction, the awesome scale of what the natural world can do to us, perhaps only volcanos come close. the japan earthquake, one of the biggest the world has ever seen. it struck off the coast near the city of sendai in the late afternoon. tsunami alerts were declared in several countries. alan little reports. >> how suddenly it strikes. mortal danger descends almost in the blink of an eye and without warning. it is terrifying. in an instant, there is chaos. then from the vastness of seat there is a threat more menacing still -- a wall of water more than 20 feet high advances across the ocean at speeds of up to 500 miles an hour, the speed of a jet aircraft. japan's tsunami defense
." >> this is bbc world news today. fears that thousands may have died in japan's earthquake and tsunami and concern is growing about radiation leaks from the clear power stations. authorities in japan are on alert about a possible nuclear meltdown after a second explosion in 48 hours at the fukushima plant. the rescue and relief operations struggle to help half million left homeless. whole communities are wiped off the map. >> every patch are around here, another home to another family. all obliterated. what is left? just a book, bits of a doll, a lamp, and a coffee maker. that is a lamp. >> the disaster also brings economic uncertainty as factories stopped and the stock market slumps. we assessed the impact on the world's third largest economy. arab gulf states send troops into bahrain to help quash anti- government protest. rebels say it is a declaration of war. gaddafi's forces bombing key places and libya as they try to win back the countries east. hello, and welcome. it is being described as the worst disaster in japan since the second world war. the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> a new day in japan revues -- reveals the next scale of devastation. hundreds of people are dead and towns and cities have a been devastated. >> i wasn't thinking about anything other than surviving because there was this very real sense of panic. >> a state of emergency issued after two new power plants, tens of thousands are urged to evacuate their homes. a massive relief operation, the japanese government has asked for international help. tsunami alerts have been downgraded across the region. welcome to bbc news, broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. a mammoth relief mission is swinging and action in northeastern japan after it was struck by a devastating tsunami claiming hundreds of lives. the disaster was triggered by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful since records began in that country. states of emergency have been declared. people living nearby, up to 300 bodies have been found. >> suddenly it strikes. almost in the blank of the night and without warning. it is terrifying. there is a threat
." a massive earthquake hits the northeast of japan. measuring an 8.9, triggering a tsunami. >> one of the largest earthquakes to hit japan in years, causing widespread damage across tokyo. >> at least 20 people killed and many more missing as a refinery fire burns out of control. >> a whirlpool off the eastern coast of japan. a tsunami warning has now been widened to cover the pacific basin. >> thst "bbc news." we're bringing you ongoing coverage of the tsunami and the earthquake that hit japan. >> it measured an 8.9. it triggered a 10-meter tsunami that destroyed everything in its path, sending ships crashing into the shore and swamping large areas of farmland. >> evacuations are taking place in japan, itself as well as warnings that have been issued in australia, hawaii and peru. >> the moment the earthquake struck, this, is a local government office. this, the offices of japan's public broadcasting. there were several powerful aftershocks in the hours following. >> the magnitude of this one was too obvious. people spilled out on to the streets and tried to comfort one another. t
." >> japan appeals for international help. evacuation. some are treated for radiation exposure and the authorities ordered everyone out of the surrounding area. the grim search goes on. tens of thousands missing, and fears of another tsunami. >> everyone was just running there. trying to get as far away as possible. >> welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- coming up, the u.n. security council discusses a no-fly zone over libya, but nothing is agreed. and conversation in bahrain. protesters set up roadblocks as 1000 at saudi troops entered the country. hello. millions in the parts of northeast japan hammered by last week's quake and tsunami have spent their fourth night without food, water, electricity, or gas. at least 500,000 people have been left homeless, but even now, much is still unknown. communications are still down in many areas. about 2000 bodies have been found washed ashore. half of them in a town that was flattened by the water. as japan struggles to deal wi
of radiation but nowhere near dangerous levels. japan relies on nuclear for a third of its electricity, the trust in the technology and power company officials are being shaken. >> i don't know whether we can believe them, not only their comments but the government. i have to take our own action. >> i am very scared. figot infected by radiation there would be a big risk of getting cancer. >> after being checked people are being placed in evacuation centers across the city. this place is about 40 miles from the nuclear power station. for some that is not far enough believing they need to leave the region all together and go to other parts of japan. >> that report was filed before the third explosion. what about the human toll? my colleague reports. >> the road, it is a junior tow a place no longer there. once a pleasant fishing port, now gone. emergency teams heading in from all over japan, but there is little to find, expect bodies. people used to come here to rent bikes and cycle along the seaside. but at 2:46 friday afternoon it was wiped from the map. >> live tsunami struck the area
cannot wait for mummy to come home. bbc news, northeastern japan. >> it is astonishing, the resilience and restraint that the people have been exhibiting. >> you mentioned yukio edano and his latest news conference, and he said their credentials have not been affected. how can that be when some manufacturers have all said that their manufacturing will be affected? >> that is a good question. i do not know the ins and outs. what everyone is saying is that the supply lines will have been affected by this, and a lot of the microchips that are going to your ipad or my iphone, they come through here. this will have a knock-on effect. but it also depends on who was in the earthquake zone. i am not sure how many microchip plants have been affected. the last time i checked, the nikkei was down. this country is twice as indebted as the united states, and beyond the reconstruction efforts, putting money back into the economy, at the end of today, japan has been struggling ever since it's a bubble burst in 1990 and will continue to do so -- ever since its bubble burst. >> this is bbc news. still
. many people who live and work in tokyo come from other parts of japan, and now they want to go home. there is definitely more than just a trickle now of families leaving tokyo for other parts of japan because of the fear of radiation. most of the more than 30 million people who live in and around the city, though, leaving is not an option. they have no place to go and if there is a major release of radiation from the fukushima plant, there dawes -- doesn't seem to be a plan what to do either. if there is, the asumi family hasn't been told about it. they are watching the events to the north with growing consternation. they have an 8-month-old baby and they simple isly don't trust what the government is telling them about the lack of danger. >> i don't think so. you don't trust them in? i don't trust them. >> why not? >> because companies say not -- not truth. >> and what is this you have bought? is is this new if >> yeah, new. >> so instead the asumis like millions of other tokyoites are making their own plans. helmets, facemasks and a car standing by to head south at a moment's noti
." >> japan's prime minister appeals for calm after a third explosion at the fukushima daichi. naoto kan said everyone within 20 kilometers should leave immediately. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 20 kilometer radius from the number one plant. >> in cities and towns reduced to rubble by the tsunami which followed the earthquake, the death toll could be as many as 10,000. a country still literally shaken by the aftershocks is coming to grips with the recovery effort. it will take years and an immeasurable income impact. become to "bbc world news." broadcasting in the u.k. and around the world. in this program, confrontation in bahrain. protestors set up road blocks in the capital as 1,000 saudi troops enter the country, and the u.n. security council discusses a no-fly zone over libya but nothing is agreed. member states are too divided. there's been a third big explosion at the fukushima power plant in japan which was badly damaged by friday's earthquake and tsunami. a four-fold increase in radiation levels has been released into the air surrounding the plant. the prime minist
'lin sana'a. rick: the president addressing the japan crisis during a news conference. >> i want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether iting the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. rick: officials in japan are calling it a race against time. we have video for you of water being dropped into the overheating reactors at the fukushima plant. this is something that has not proven successful in the past. japan is raising the severity of the situation from a 4 to a 5. the government is acknowledging that it was overwhelmed and continues to be overwhelmed by the situation. gavin blair is on the phone from japan. i understand you are traveling to sendai, which is one of the areas hardest hit by this catastrophy. >> reporter: we just popped through the u.s. exclusion zone or the japanese he can collusion zone. it has been reclassified up to a 5. the chopper missions to drop water has had minimal effect on cool the plant. they tried hosing the plant with fire engines. but apparently the fire truck hoses couldn't
up right after this. see you. tuesday. disaster in japan. another explosion in fukushima. radiation from the blast reportedly blowing offshore. then a nuclear watchdog group upgrading the severity of the situation a 6 on a 7-point scale. chernobyl was a 7. 3 mile island was a 5. we are somewhere in between both of those in a moment. alisyn: the situation seem to be getting more dangerous. all four reacto rereacross -- as seem to be affected. listen to the prime minister. >> the radiation level is high and there is a high chance of further radiation from here on. anyone within a 20-mile range of fukushima needs to evacuate. i understand most people did. and we urge people within a 20-30 mile range to stay indoo indoors. bill: this is the plant in question. there are four different reactors that are of concern. here is number one, here is number two, number 3 and number 4. all of these reactors on the picture you see now. this is how they were intact before the earthquake happened and the tsunami wiped them out. here is where we are now. saturday you reactor number one you had an expl
yesterday who is writing about that. >> no doubt about it. first, obviously, the big news out of japan. we why don't we get the latest. >> we are talking about the fifth strongest earthquake on record since 1900. hawaii and other parts of the pacific are bracing for a destructive tsunami triggered by an 8.9 earthquake out of japan. it shows a massive 23-foot wall of watter that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris inland. 32 people have now died in the quake. a figure that is expected to rise. a tsunami warning is now in place for the entire u.s. west coast. that means coastal communities in washington, oregon, california and southern alaska should be on alert and prepared for possible evacuation. a warning is also in place for hawaii, which was struck by a smaller 4.5 earthquake earlier today. now, there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage in hawaii but the state is bracing for the first waves from the tsunami which are expected to hit at 8:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. now, ahead of that, tsunami sirens were sounded and coastal areas are being evacuated. fires
." >> worke t-o reenter fukushima nuclear plant in japan as the battle to control it. increasing temperatures and snow hit the worst affected f -- areas. half of a million refugees are living in television shot -- living in shelters. in a rare television address, the japanese emperor addresses the public. also in this program, renewed unrest in bahrain as security forces clear anti-government demonstrators. pakistan has indicted a cia contractor on two counts of murder. workers at the japanese fukushima nuclear plant have returned to the site after earlier having to abandon it. steam was seen coming from the site as they attempted to cool the facility. japanese media reports said that fears for radiation levels above the plant. >> hello and welcome to tokyo. five days after that devastating earthquake and tsunami, the crisis continues. today there are reports of another fire in a helicopter that was called in to drop help -- to drop water had to turn back because of fears of radiation levels. despite that, government authorities are saying that radiation levels at the moment, while higher tha
rods are exposed in japan. the japanese cabinet secretary insists that the risk remains low. and the thousands of people still missing after the tsunami. welcome to "bbc world news." the bank of japan is pouring emergency cash into the market. the chinese premier says that political reform is the only way to secure the country's economic achievements. officials in japan are worried that a third reactor is suffering cooling problems, raising fears of another explosion. so far two reactors have suffered hydrogen blast. fuel rods are partly exposed in the third reactor. the government says the risk of an uncontrolled beak is low. more bodies have been found along the coast district. >> it was the second explosion in three days. this time in unit no. 3, which authorities had frantically been trying to cool. eleven workers were injured. a similar explosion occurred at unit no. 1 on saturday. the company has lost the ability to cool unit no. 2. authorities are still reassuring the public. >> there is a possibility that a massive amount of radiation has been beat. similar to the ti
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> japan issues a state of emergency following safety failures at two nuclear power plants. tens of thousands are urged to evacuate. the japanese government believes that more than 1000 people have lost their lives after the earthquake and a tsunami. >> we were under the table holding hands. i was really not thinking about anything other than surviving because there was a very real sense of panic. >> a wall of water demolishes towns and cities on the northeastern coast taking away boats, homes, vehicles. hundreds and planes -- hundreds of planes and ships are involved in a relief effort. more than 50 aftershocks have hit the country but tsunami alerts have been downgraded across the pacific region. welcome to "bbc news," broadcast on pbs in america. a state of emergency has been announced that two nuclear power plants. thousands of people who live around the complex which is about 150 miles northeast of tokyo, they have been told to leave their homes because of a possible radioactive leak. >> nearly 24 hours after disast
prices have fallen heavily for a second day in a row in japan. investors uncertain about the long-term effect of the nuclear crisis. five days after the tsunami triggered by the earthquake, rescuers have not given up hope. thousands of bodies have been found already. several thousand japanese are missing, presumed dead. but the teams keep searching. hopeful still survivors can be found amid the devastation. bbc news, tokyo. >> these days, calamity's travel in packs and japan. the earthquakes, tsunami, the three explosions. the nikkei dropped 17% in two days. the overall cost of this crisis will be measured in tens of billions of dollars. let us not forget, the appalling human toll. 2004 hundred dead confirmed so far. the ultimate toll might be as high as 10,000 -- 2,400 did confirm so far. >> contamination checks carried out in this city for people who have come from areas near to the site of the stricken nuclear plant. hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced across northern japan as a result of the earthquake, tsunami, and now concerns about possible exposure to radia
." >> new pictures to have quake-stricken japanese nuclear plant. japan's central bank injects billions of yen into financial markets for a third day to ease the impact of last week's quake. welcome to bbc news. welcome to our viewers around the globe. britain and france draft a u.n. resolution calling for a no-fly zone. tensions running high. two protesters killed after bahrain declared a state of emergency. hello and welcome. the japanese government has said workers are trying to stabilize the if you can jet streama plant have been forced to suspend their operations due to increased radiation levels. the chief government spokesman said the reactor may have suffered damage. white smoke has been seen rising from the building. a fire at the plant's number four reactor where spent nuclear rods were being kept has been brought under control. >> smoke rises from the number four reactor at the fukushima power plant believed to have come from a fire from a massive pool holding the fire rods. protected in steel and concrete. in the last few hours, senior government officials described how leve
>>> choppers in the air, water cannons on the ground, japan launches an attack on a crippled nuclear reactor hoping sea water can stop an unfolding nuclear catastrophe on this "american morning." i'm christine romans. welcome to "american morning." it's march 17th, st. patrick's day. >> st. paddy's day. you are irish? >> somewhere am i irish. >> have you have green eyes. >> i'm irish. >> i'm kiran chetry. we're following the latest on japan's crisis. the focus is how to get the reactors cooled down, specifically reactor number three at fukushima's daiichi power station. military helicopters are dropping 30 tons of sea waters on the crippled reactor's pool. >> they're also spraying on the ground, up to a dozen water truxz a trucks are in place. the united states is telling americans to get at least 50 miles away from the reactor. >> there is one more critical development to watch for, engineers are planning to begin the process, which is key in this whole thing, of restoring power to the daiichi complex. they want to bring in external power lines to try to get the plant's cool
, and los angeles are joining rescuers from japan and other countries. highly drained dogs are able to detect live victims who might be buried in the debris. the teams land the at a u.s. air base about 150 miles north of sendai. >>> the nuclear fears from this crisis in japan are only raising concerns here in the u.s. what if such a disaster ever hit us here at home? david kerley has more on that. >> reporter: japan had never declared a nuclear emergency. it is dealing with six runaway reactors. two in dire shape. >> two reactors now where we have core that is partially melted. this is unprecedented. >> reporter: the good news, inside those buildings, the hot nuclear cores and their primary containment housings are said to be intact. but with no electricity, the japanese are reportedly using firetrucks, taking the drastic step of pumping sea water into the cores and flooding the containment housings of both reactors. a last-ditch effort to cool the cores to stop the nuclear reaction. >> we are at a reactor tipping point. either over the next 24 to 48 hours they'll get coal of these
food supplies. >> i am david eades in london. also coming up -- in japan, more than 9000 people are now known to have died in the earthquake and tsunami. almost 13,000 are missing. emergency crews in japan's fukushima nuclear power plants battle to restore the cooling system after an eruption of caused by rising radiation levels. hello. american officials have confirmed that a u.s. warplane has crash landed in libya. they gave very few details but they say one crewman has been rescued and another was being rescue -- and in the last hour we got on conformed -- unconfirmed reports that 40 people being killed in misrata. let's go to southern italy. >> welcome to the airbase in southern italy, about 1 hours flying time to the libyan coast this is where the british effort is based. in the past hour or so, we have seen 3 tie phone -- typhoon year-old fighter jets taking up to control the no-fly zone. but unconfirmed reports from mistrata suggest there is still a job of work to be done to protect civilians on the ground as colonel gaddafi shows no signs to give up the fight. news of said -- ne
." japan'is's eye view of damaged nuclear plant. the effort to cool it goes on. people living near this facility flee for safety. japan fears as many as 15,000 may have died. welcome to "bbc world news." forces come to's benghazi. he delivers a radio message. >> we are coming on this happy day. tomorrow, benghazi will change and there will again be a fun, dance, and cries of joy. >> has japanese nuclear engineers battle to prevent a disaster, there is no let up. half a million people made homeless by friday's earthquake and tsunami. more supplies are reaching survivors. many still lack basic necessities. dozens of the evacuation centers have been set up. thousands were forced to flee from the nuclear exclusion zone. >> they come seeking refuge. fleeing tradition of's nuclear plant -- fukushima's nuclear plant and carrying what is most precious to them. there is a chance for radiation. more than 1000 have arrived here already. there are reunions. exhaustion and relief. this family was just 5 miles from the damaged reactor. as they made it here, the fuel in their car was running out.
, japan's nuclear safety agency raises the accident alert levels at the fukushima nuclear plant saying the situation is serious. a nation remembers. japan holds a minute of silence for those who died in the earthquake and tsunami a week ago. ♪ the u.s. president barack obama has said the libyan leader colonel gaddafi must obey the u.n. demands or face military action. earlier, the libyan government announced an immediate ceasefire and promised to follow the u.n. resolution passed on thursday. he said colonel gaddafi had to stop all attacks on civilians, pull back his troops, and allow in humanitarian aid. >> now once more, muammar gaddafi has a choice. the resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions that must be met. the united states, the united kingdom, france, and arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. that means all attacks against civilians must stop. gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on benghazi. he must pull them back from misurata and established water, gas, and electricity supplies to all areas. humanitarian assistance must b
, candy. good evening, everyone. tonight major breaking news in two important global dramas. japan uses helicopters and water cannons in a desperate effort to cool fuel. and tonight there's word a new power line has been brought to the fukushima daiichi complex, but as friday dawns in asia, no sign of a major breakthrough and growing worries of two of the six reactors still in distress. >>> and first a major but belated commitment to stop the brutal march of gadhafi in libya. they voted to authorize not only a no-fly zone over libya, but also all necessary measures including military force to stop the government and mercenaries from slaughtering civilians. i'm told the pentagon and nato partners have contingencies that include air strikes to punish military units, leaving gadhafi's push on his strongholds in the east. now that the u.n. authorized sfors, the strikes could be carried out within hours if the president and his partners around the world issue the orders. cnn's richard roth track ad dramatic vote at the the united nations tonight. richards? >> john, u.s. ambassador to the u.n
be called a stable situation. >> the deepening nuclear crisis is the most urgent of japan's challenging tonight. the death toll now more than 1,800 but it is by all accounts likely to climb and climb much higher as the waters recede and search and rescue teams reach the most remote northern japanese towns. sifting through the rubble hoping to find her husband. >> translator: we met a woman who has not been able to locate her husband who went to his office to work even one full day after the earthquake. >> this family reunited after three anxious days apart. >> in all about a half million people are in emergency shelters and many of those facilities are reporting severe shortages of food and other basic necessities. words do not, they cannot do justice as we try to describe the drugs. destruction. this is from a bus thrown atop a building and nearby a house coming to rest atop an elementary school. it is in those northern japanese towns where the devastation is greatest and it's there near the epicenter in sendai we find our own anderson cooper. as correspondents like yourself make the r
on this developing crisis in japan. >> welcome to tokyo. it is rush hour on a tuesday evening. it has been pretty intense all day long. it is because of the radiation levels that are generated north of here. the radiation levels have fallen according to officials at the plant. a third exposure and in two days. -- explosion in two days. here in tokyo, no dangerous to a human health, or so we were told. the official death toll is now 2400. many thousands are still missing. a total of 10,000. very serious questions are being raised. my fellow colleague has this report. >> the crisis in nuclear plant is worsening by the hour. radiation levels close to the site significantly higher now. an explosion and a fire creating conditions that are a risk to human health, according to the government. >> the reading levels seems to be very high. there are still very high risks, further. >> they already asked people to leave the area. now they are ordering them out. extra precautions -- precautions are needed. >> 20 or 30 kilometers from the power plant, depending on what happens at the power plant. you are asked
the earthquake, japan remembers the disaster. but they continue to look for survivors. and it's a slow go at the fukushima nuclear plant. >> western leaders are consulting on how to carry out the u.n. security council decision on how to carry out military action. let's go to my colleague. >> well, the atmosphere here in tripoli is one of outright defiance with the gaddafi regime showing they are defiant. gaddafi's son said it was not true that the libyan troops attacked rebels, and that it was a group of gangsters that attacked the civilians. >> the worried look on the face of the u.s. ambassador said it all. by u.n. standards this was real -- with powers like russia and china having to be forced -- convinced not to go against it. >> the central purpose of this resolution is clear. to end the violence. to protect civilans and to allow the libyan people to determine their own future free from the gaddafi regime. >> but it was far from nams. five countries on stained. >> the likelihood of large scale loss of life should not be underestimated. if the steps proposed turn out to be ineffective
." >> hundreds are tested for radiation exposure in japan after four explosions at nuclear plant. the prime minister asks people not to panic. >> i request you act very calmly. >> amid the carnage, a survivor trapped for 96 hours, but pulled out alive. others call in vain for missing relatives. >> [unintelligible] >> powerful aftershocks are still rocking the country. one measures 6.4 and hit southwest japan on tuesday. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- tensions are running high. two protesters are killed and bahrain declares a state of emergency. and desperate to leave libya. gaddafi's forces report gains. we have reports from refugees trying to lead the conflict. -- believe that the conflict. -- leave the conflict. hello. four explosions in as many days, and radiation levels at levels authorities acknowledged to be dangerous. the struggle to stop and knelt down at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant it is ongoing. cooling water is recovering smoothly. but the plant is 150 miles
. >> was the interview sunday night. -- watch the interview sunday night. >> could it congressional hearing on japan's nuclear plant today -- gregory jaszco said japanese emergency workers at one plant could face lethal levels of radiation while of it -- while advising americans to evacuate a wider area. this is two hours. >> we have a true expert and we feel very blessed that you could be here until the chairman comes. we will do this by order of arrival, back and forth, democrat-republican. but i will give each member 10 minutes so that we can press on some of these issues without having to rush hour questions. we are here to give a briefing on the ongoing crisis at the nuclear plant in japan. we will have a second panel including mr. anthony -- oh, boy, senior vice president and scientists.ar vic i appreciate all of our people ticking time out of their busy schedules. i know you're on television, answering questions, really teaching wallace -- teaching all of us the lessons that we have to take away from what is happening. the devastation in japan is heartbreaking. our thoughts and prayers go out
in its path in japan. >> now, desperate for aid after the disaster, thousands of miles away, a tour of the damage here in the bay area. >> it's heart-breaking, to see this kind of damage to appear someplace you call home. >> good even right now in japan, it's just after 11:30 sunday morning, and just about an hour ago, a powerful 6.2 aftershock shook off the eastern coast as the country reels from that 8.9 earthquake. and all eyes are still on that nuclear complex where an explosion occurred. the country's nuclear safety agency says there's another emergency at the same site. rescuers are looking for the missing along hundreds of miles of coastline with many areas still unreachable. the death toll stands at 696, where that number certainly expected to rise. the tsunami that raised across the pacific slammed into northern california airports. and some harbors are still closed. we took a tour of the district in santa cruz. >> reporter: from the water, we get a closer look at the damage left by the tsunami in the santa cruz harbor. >> it's devastating. >> reporter: state and local agen
." >> a new aftershock shakes japan as two workers at the fukushima nuclear plant are treated for high levels of radiation. the battle for libya goes on. france says it could take weeks, not months, to destroy gaddafi's military capabilities. parliament rejects austerity measures in portugal and the prime minister resigns. welcome to "bbc world news." i am david eades. also coming up in the program, the suicide bombing ritual acted out by children and posted as an online video. >> two workers at japan's fukushima nuclear power station have been taken to the hospital after they were exposed to high levels of radiation. the leak of radiation has already contaminated tokyo's water supply. authorities say that tap water is once again safe. in the last couple of hours, there's been a further strong aftershock. at a news conference just a short while ago, the japanese chief cabinet secretary was talking about what had happened to those two nuclear workers. >> yesterday at reactor building number three, workers were laying cables. the radiation levels have been monitored constantly. they stepped int
days of plunges. the bank of japan said it will inject an extra $3.5 trillion into the bank's. their aim is to keep the economy stable. >> thank you very much. even before details emerged of the latest fire, a team of 34 experts was on its way to japan to assess the reactors and advise on containing radiation leaks. our correspondent has been given this analysis. >> day after day new threats emerge. multiple explosions, a scene so hazardous only 50 workers are left on site to try to bring things under control. here is what we think is happening. reactor one is -- there has probably been a partial melting inside. reactor two is the most worrying with a potential breach. the first possible damage to any reactors. this device handles excess pressure may have been breached. reactor three is also in trouble with an explosion and maybe a partial meltdown. high-level radiation has been measured nearby. reactor four poses a threat as well. in a tank a fire somehow started. that will also be another source of leaking radiation. this crisis has been tackled by a reduced work force. th
>>> japan's nuclear nightmare growing even more desperate this morning as a cloud of smoke forms above the crippled daiichi power station, a sign that the containment vessel may have been breached. we're following the latest minute-by-minute developments on this "american morning." >>> welcome, again, thanks for being with us. >> a lot to cover this morning. in japan, the number of dead and the level of fear are rising fast. here are the latest developments in what is likely to be the costliest natural disaster the world has ever witnessed. more than 3,700 have been killed. close to 8,000 people are missing following friday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. >> japanese officials fear it may have been caused by a breach in the containment vessel of reactor number three. officials are now bringing in helicopters to drop water into a cooling pond through the damaged roof of the reactor hoping to slow or stop any meltdowns. >>> for several hours last night, things grew so tense at the power plant, work was suspended and everyone there was told to evacuate. now, they've now retu
from where we left off on friday. >> breaking news from japan. >> smoke spotted coming from a damaged nuclear reactor. engineers are struggling there to prevent a meltdown after a devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this month. let's get to anna coren. i understand it's now been evacuated. what's going on there? >> reporter: that's exactly right, ali. they thought they were getting a handle on the situation, that it was stable until about 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. that was when they saw gray smoke coming from reactor number three. that's been a reactor that was a huge problem. where they think there are low levels o of water in the pools that house the spent fuel rods. so when the smoke came at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, it only took about 15 minutes before they decided they needed to get the workers out of there straight away into another building. there are some 430 workers at the fukushima daiichi power plant. we don't know how many were involved in reactor three. and we don't have any reports of, you know, severe exposure to radiation or injuries. we are working to get those
broadcasting to our viewers in the u.k. and around the world. also on this program, japan's government admits failings and handling the nuclear crisis. we returned to the port where the force of the tsunami was caught on camera. welcome once again. libya has defended the presence of the torch is near the rebel stronghold saying that the troops will not enter or attack the city. rebels have come under fire while for the west, there has also been fighting. reports of renewed fighting came as britain, france, the allied states and arab countries issued a joint ultimatum to libya oppose a leader. we begin the coverage from the libyan capital of tripoli. >> you cannot take the camera without attracting a crowd like this. this is the only point of view you can hear. an attack is treason. there is no uprising, only a criminal enterprise by a few hundred gangsters. they are mystified that the united nations cannot see that. >> what about the united nations. >> i hate united nations. i hate french. i hate arabs. i only love libya and colo0nel g-- colonel gaddafi. >> the more isolated it becomes, the m
, engineering efficiency, but sometimes messy government, what impact will the disaster have on japan pose a sense of self? sense of self? plus, china suspense nuclear building plans. is the future of nuclear power now in doubt? hello. anti-government groups in saudi arabia hope to emulate the unrest in tunisia, egypt and bahrain with a day of range, but it was always going to be more difficult in the tightly controlled kingdom, where protests have been banned and officially labeled anti-islamic. a huge police presence insured the barely any of the people who had planned to turn up actually did so. we travelled across the country to investigate whether the campaigners for democracy and freedom have any new hope in light of the arab revolt. >> there were more police and soldiers than people on the streets today, and not a demonstrator in sight. 30,000 had signed the facebook page to call for reform in the country, but the intimidation and threats kept them away. it is about now that thousands of protesters were set to meet in this square. over the last few days, the papers have been filled
for joining us here on "bbc world news." s that the situation in -- well, that is the situation in japan. many people still missing. thousands homeless. a british national who wants to leave the country who are working or living in tokyo or the northeast should do so if they wish. that is word from outside the foreign office. >> that was live from tokyo. plenty more from japan throughout thexd next couple of hours here on "bbc world news." let's get the latest indication for the tokyo stock market. how has-been has it been today? >> it's been another volatile session. on monday and tuesday the japanese stock market dropped by añr total of 16% then went back up on wednesday. today it has slipped up again. the nikkei closed down by a further 1.5%. this is despite the bank of japan pumping money into the system. we've seen the yen rising to these record highs not seen since the second world war. looking at toyota. of course, toyota is a huge exporter. they are watching their shares falling, despite saying they will be trying to resume their car plants. >> now the task of rebuilding japan's infra
. americans at airports, train stations, many of them deciding they are going to leave japan. hundreds of thousands of people, especially in the hardest-hit areas, are facing food stored edges. maybe today's snowfall would help matters, but think again. radioactivity hangs in the air until rain or snow brings it to the ground into the soil, the water, the food supply. thailand, south korea and singapore have now begun checking foods imported from japan, checking for radioactivity. american helicopter crew members were given capacity iodide after flying humanitarian efforts over japan and regulation detectors on the level of contamination. this airline has checked its flights from japan. none has been found so far, but they are recruiting inbound flights away from tokyo anyway. china canceling some flights to tokyo. in evacuating its citizens from its areas of highest rate radiation. workers have had some good news. rescue's continuing today include one elderly man, a 70-year-old woman. both of them trapped for more than 90 hours in the rubble. the ripple effects continue to be felt. ja
from the stricken fukushima power plant in the northeast of japan. take a look at these new photos of the plant's four reactors. the buildings surrounding three almost completely destroyed. the other a hole clearly visible spoou spewing smoke into the air. smoke which is most likely containing dangerously high levels of radiation. u.s. embassy officials have just issued a warning to u.s. citizens within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate or stay indoors. clearly, this is a crisis that authorities in japan cannot get ahead of. and today, an extraordinary event in that nation's history. the country's emperor akihito made his first ever televised appearance telling his nation he is "deeply concerned about the crisis." president obama is set to meet with officials from u.s. aid to discuss ashl disaster assistance to japan. the first united states marine humanitarian aid assistance team has arrived on the scene. 20,000 bots of water in hand for the people. but with water levels inside those stricken reactors still too low, there are signs that this crisis is going to continue for some ti
." more coming up in the program and more worries in japan about the fishermen nuclear repay. one of the reactor cores could be damaged -- about the fukushima nuclear plant. in a film that takes you into the interrogation room. we look at four days inside guantanamo. ♪ >> hello, welcome. syria has become the latest hot spot in the middle east, with the ruling elite coming under its biggest challenge in three decades. thousands have demonstrated, calling for more freedom, with protests reported in three more towns. in, protesters climbed about 20 were shot down after a statue of the former president was set alight. in damascus, three people reported to have been killed. ban ki-moon has urged the government to respect and to protect the rights of citizens. protests are taking place elsewhere across the region. in the many capital, , both pro and anti-government demonstrators held their largest real yet. the president told a crowd of supporters that he would step down but on his own terms. in libya, loud explosions have been heard near ajdabiya, where rebels are fighting forces loy
you very much for that. we will gone to our other main news of the day and the events in japan, where the nuclear safety agency has raised the rating of the country's nuclear accident from four to five. engineers are trying to pull and restore power to at least two of the reactors at fukushima. they've poured cold water on the reactors and tried to install a new power cable to allow the old pumps to send coolant into the reactors. there's still a danger that they could overheat and cause a major radiation leak. the head of the international atomic energy agency said it was a race against the clock. meanwhile, a huge humanitarian crisis. according to the japanese police, the number of people confirmed dead now stands at more than 6500 and more than 10,000 people are missing. the earthquake damaged roads and airports. it is gradually being repaired and reopened. snow and shortages of fuel are hampering efforts to deliver food and water to survivors and the evacuees. >> at 2:46 p.m., japan paused to remember. a minute of silence to mark the moment exactly one week ago that the earthquake
of high profile defections. >> as they work to restore power to japan's stricken nuclear power plant continue, radiation detected in sea water and food supplies. >> hello, there. explosions and anti-aircraft fire have been heard near colonel gaddafi's headquarters as they enforce the no-fly zone for a third night. the libyan leader is not being targeted and they insist that the campaign is aimed as protecting libyan civilians. here is our latest on the aleyed assault. >> from the ground you cannot tell what is being hit, but you hear the impact of the missile strikes and the distant rurmble of the blasts. what you see is the libyan response, anti-aircraft fire aiming at aircraft that are too high or mifles that are too fast to be vulnerable. a government spokesman warned that all this would plunge yet another arab country into bloody civil war. >> we are expect can't to see death on the ground and bombs in the streets of tripoli. it is the story of baghdad being played again in tripoli. >> last night war came to colonel gaddafi's compound. a missile strike turned a three-story buildi
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